Spring has sprung, and it's the perfect time to add color and variety to your gardens. The warmer spring temperatures are ideal for planting new plants. When choosing plants, look for varieties that will thrive in Maine's weather conditions. Not only are these plants easier to grow, but they'll require less watering and intervention from you.
When selling your home, our REALTORS® recommend taking some time to spruce up your landscaping, so it creates an excellent first impression with potential buyers. Below are a few plants ideal for the Maine climate.
Lupines are a popular option thanks to their vivid coloration. They come in multiple hues, including blue, yellow, purple, red, and white. You can grow lupines from seeds, or you may transplant full-grown lupines. An advantage of lupines is that they're perennials; this means that they'll return every year, and you won't have to replant them. Don't worry if your first crop of lupines doesn't bloom, as it's common for lupines to skip blooming the first year you plant them. For optimal growth, plant your lupines in sandy soil. They can grow in thicker clay-based soil, but it may take them longer to take root. Plant lupines in an area with full sun and minimal shading.
- Eastern Serviceberry
The Eastern serviceberry is also known as a shadbush or shadwood. It boasts gorgeous white flowers in the spring. Come fall, this shrub is lush with lovely yellow blooms. This shrub (also viewed by some as a small tree) can grow 20 feet tall. You can prune it back a bit if you need to contain its size. It grows well in full or partial sunlight and needs steady moisture to thrive.
Irises have a variety of colors and are found in the yards of many Augusta homes for sale. Depending on the species, blooms can be white, purple, lavender, or yellow. Some species are dwarf varieties and remain less than a foot tall. However, tall species can be anywhere from two to four feet in height. With so many options, it's easy to incorporate irises into your landscaping. You should plant irises in areas that have full sun for at least half of the day. Though most irises bloom in the spring or summer, some varieties will rebloom in the fall.
The coreopsis is a low maintenance plant that will bloom into the fall months. Its coloration includes yellow, orange, pink, and red blooms. Some refer to the coreopsis as "pot of gold" plants due to their vivid yellow blooms. You can plant the coreopsis anytime between early spring and fall. A great thing about the coreopsis is that it will repeatedly bloom through the entire growing season. It grows well in sunny areas with only a few hours of shade during the day.
Tulips are another Maine favorite perfect for enhancing your landscaping with a wave of color. If you want your tulips to signal the arrival of spring, plant them in the fall. However, you can plant your tulips in late winter or early spring for late spring or early summer blooms. To grow properly, tulips need 3.5 months of cold weather. This enables them to break down the nutrients they need to grow.
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